There's no worse feeling than staring down an aisle of TVs at Best Buy and thinking, "Huh, these all look good."
We know the feeling – it seems like every TV that has looks great with its brightness cranked up and colors beyond oversaturation. In places like this it can be really hard to tell which TV is really good and which ones ... well, aren't.
We understand money's tight, and you'd rather just have someone who's really tested TVs give you the insider knowledge you need to make the perfect pick.
The good news? You've come to the right place.
Some screens really do outperform others, offering better contrast, higher clarity and new technologies like Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range that will dramatically improve your TV watching experience.
We've tested them for ourselves and can now say with utter certainty which screens you should buy and which ones you should avoid. Our picks are listed below from the best-of-the-best to the still-fantastic – and unlike perusing the TV aisle at Best Buy, you can't go wrong with any of them.
"So, should I buy a TV now or wait it out?"
This is a question we get a lot. Like most technology (cough, iPhones) TVs are getting incrementally better all the time – which means, yes, if you wait a year there will probably be a bigger, flashier TV out there for less money.
But while doing so will certainly net you a larger screen at a better price, some of the best panels are already being manufactured today. While tomorrow's screens might be a bit larger, a bit brighter and a bit cheaper, today's screens are just as competent in their own right.
We can say that with confidence knowing that most manufacturers have finally embraced the three most important standards in TVs: Ultra HD , Wide Color Gamut and HDR (HDR10 and, if you're lucky, Dolby Vision. If a TV you're looking at doesn't support at least one of these, you should probably look somewhere else.